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More minority students complete degrees at Columbia College
Saturday, August 02, 2008

(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Columbia College recently advanced six places to No. 16 of the top 50 institutions nationwide granting bachelorís degrees to African-American students in business management, marketing and related support services, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Educationís ďTop 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers." The college's rank has steadily advanced from No. 23 in 2006 and No. 22 in 2007.

Columbia College awarded 391 bachelorís degrees to African-American students during the 2007-2008 academic year, a 10 percent increase from the 355 awarded during the 2006-2007 academic year. The college ranked higher for African-American business undergraduates than such educational powerhouses as Temple University (No. 23), Florida State University (No. 24), and even historically African-American institutions such as Morgan State (No. 25) and Morehouse (No. 28).

The college also was noted for serving American Indian students, ranking higher in business-degree completion than some tribal colleges and universities in the west and southwest.

In all, Columbia College was ranked in five diversity categories:

  • 16th for African-American undergraduates in business, management, marketing and related support services
  • 27th for American Indian undergraduates in business, management, marketing and related support services
  • 48th for all minority undergraduates in business, management, marketing and related support services
  • 49th for African-American undergraduates in psychology
  • 71st for African-American undergraduates in all disciplines

African-American enrollments have risen steadily at Columbia College, from 1,767 in 2003 to 2,283 in 2007, and now account for 18 percent of the total student body. Minority enrollment at the home campus in Columbia is 12 percent.

"These improved showings prove that Columbia College is committed to increasing educational achievement for all minority students,Ē said Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for Academic Affairs. ďAs the college has grown, so has our ranking in the Diverse categories, and I am excited and gratified to be part of these changes."

The Diverse rankings are based on 2006-2007 data for all colleges and universities in the United States. View the rankings.

Columbia College, a private institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates 25,000 students worldwide at the home campus in Columbia, at 33 campuses nationwide and online.